The challenge of managing sprawl

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Regional thinking sometimes emerges as a consequence of sprawling growth. Tampa Bay is a good case in point. New residential development in Manattee and Hillsborough counties is forcing civic leaders to consider regional approaches to development planning.

Here's the dilemma: In Florida, as in most states, development decisions are left in the hands of local officials. They can make incremental decisions -- one subdivision here, another there -- that accumulate to large scale regional impacts.

Increasingly, these challenges will spread across Southern and Western states. From 2000 to 2030, population in theses regions are expected to grow by over 40%. (In contrast, population in the Midwest states is expected to grow by only 9%.)

The struggles in and around Tampa will play themselves out in other metro regions in the South and West. Read more about what is going on in Tampa. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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